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Chapter Events 2021
National Competition in Organ Accompaniment
January 7-9, 2021
Sponsored by the DC Chapter of AGO, Schoenstein and Co. Organ Builders, and St. Paul’s K Street, Washington, DC
Preliminary Recorded Round
Candidates submit video or audio digital recording of a live performance with their local singers, to include
a. Responsorial style with antiphon and accompanied solo verses b. Anglican Chant
Submission qualifications and deadline:
Open to all American citizens under age 30 at the time of application.
Applicants must submit a scan of their US passport.
Submission deadline for preliminary round: November 15, 2020.
Submission fee of $35 payable to DC Chapter AGO or via Paypal
Submission location: via Dropbox, details coming
Selection of Four Finalists:
Candidates will be notified of their qualification by December 1, 2020.
Housing in Washington, DC, will be provided for finalists for three nights.
Final Live Competition January 7-9, 2021, at St. Paul's K Street (Alternate dates June 10-12, 2021 in the event that COVID-19 requires postponement):
Finalists arrive Jan. 7 or 8 to work on the organ for three hours each.
Friday 6-10 pm: Finalists rehearse with a local choir in 45-minute increments.
Saturday 10-noon: Public lecture-workshop by Professor Thomas Murray on accompanying Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb.”
Lunch on your own.
1-3:30 pm: Finalists perform publicly with a local choir conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Smith
Jury deliberation and announcement of winner
6 pm: Dinner with judges, finalists and committee
Repertoire for live Final Round
1. Vocal solo. Choose one from
a. Ex ore innocentium by John Ireland
b. Clouds and darkness or He delivered the poor (from Hear my Words) by C.H.H.Parry
c. Easter (from Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
2. Psalm setting. Choose one from
a. Anglican Chant of at least 6 vv
b. Responsorial Psalm of at least 4 vv
c. Gregorian Introit Antiphon including verse and Gloria
3. German choral or Genevan psalm tune of candidates’ choice
4. Hymn composed after 1830 of candidates’ choice
(Items 3 and 4 should include at least three stanzas, with introduction, interlude and free harmonization, as if accompanying an enthusiastic congregation of some 200.)
5. One of the following:
a. Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A by C.V. Stanford
b. Give unto the Lord by Edward Elgar
c. Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Gabriel Faure’s Requiem
d. Te Deum from Collegium Regale by Herbert Howells
Panel of Judges
Professor Thomas Murray
Dr. John Walker
Dr. Jeffrey Smith
$5,000 1st Prize provided by Schoenstein & Co.
$2,500 2nd Prize provided by Schoenstein & Co.
Housing for finalists will be provided for three nights.
Organ Events 2020
Friday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 pm:
Live organ recital with Aaron Tan playing at St. Ann Catholic Church, Wisconsin Ave., 4001 Yuma St., Washington, DC. Watch at stanndc.org/music or facebook.com/stanndc. Aaron was the winner of the 2018 AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.
Sept. 20: Elizabeth Hill, artist-in-residence at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, performs piano music of Florence Price and William Grant Still. A leader in contemporary music advocacy, Elizabeth has performed across the U.S. and Europe in service of her life’s work: joining cultures together through music. Details to follow. The program will be offered on virtual platforms as part of the 2020-21 Music of Grace Concert Series.
Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm: Live organ recital with Eric Plutz playing at St. Ann Catholic Church, Wisconsin Ave., 4001 Yuma St., Washington, DC. Watch at stanndc.org/music or facebook.com/stanndc.
Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm: Live organ recital with Jay Parrotta playing at St. Ann Catholic Church, Wisconsin Ave., 4001 Yuma St., Washington, DC. Watch at stanndc.org/music or facebook.com/stanndc.
Oct. 18: The Creation Story as told by the "King of Instruments." Grab a virtual front-row seat next to Director of Music Ministries Heather Adelsberger for a tour of the three-manual pipe organ at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring. Young readers from Grace’s Sunday School program narrate the Genesis story as the organ’s varied sound palette depicts the unfolding of God’s creation. Details to follow. The program will be offered on virtual platforms as part of the 2020-21 Music of Grace Concert Series.
November, date TBA: The Potomac Organ Institute recital for the class of 2019-2020 is tentatively scheduled at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1133 Reston Ave., Herndon, Va. POI encourages pianists to begin organ study by offering free lessons to qualified applicants. Because of COVID-19, attendance is likely to be limited to organ teachers and the students' immediate families. For more information, contact Claire Schweppe at 703-430-0811 Ext. 123.